SafelyYou Announces Designation as Patient Safety Organization Analytic Contractor, Providing Senior Living Communities Greater Potential for Protection in Fall Prevention

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New status means better support for operators with regards to compliance.

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Every second, an older American experiences a fall, and for senior living communities, falls increase resident risk, compound staffing issues, and drive significant costs. According to the SafelyYou 2022 Cost of Falls Report, falls are costing communities $380,000 per year on average—$5,000 per resident fall with an injury—and 85% of senior care executives found that falls significantly impact staff turnover.

In order to continue to help communities combat these issues and improve fall prevention and response, SafelyYou, the leader in empowering safer, more person-centered dementia care through real-time AI video technology and 24/7 remote clinical experts, today announced that it has been listed as a non-exclusive analytic contractor for ECRI and the ISMP Patient Safety Organization (ECRI PSO). PSOs provide privileged protection for patient safety work for healthcare providers—including assisted living communities—seeking to improve quality measures, per the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (the “Patient Safety Act”).

ECRI PSO maintains one of the largest patient safety reporting and learning systems—collecting and analyzing millions of patient safety events from members across 90% of the United States. Mapping services automatically route adverse event information from members to the ECRI PSO. A team of analysts, most of whom are former frontline nurses and risk managers with decades of real-world experience, serve as safety coaches—providing tailored support to patient safety programs.

“At SafelyYou, we’re not only dedicated to reducing risk for residents and ensuring higher-quality care, we’re also dedicated to reducing risk for our customers and better protecting their data,” said Shirley Nickels, Chief Operating Officer at SafelyYou. “We’re thrilled to be named one of the ECRI PSO’s analytic contractors because it means that communities can leverage tools like SafelyYou to protect their quality improvement objectives, more confidently review fall videos, and understand more clearly how to prevent falls, which leads to better outcomes for residents.”

About ECRI

ECRI is an independent, nonprofit organization improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings. With a focus on technology evaluation and safety, ECRI is respected and trusted by healthcare leaders and agencies worldwide.

For more than fifty years, ECRI has built its reputation on integrity and disciplined rigor, with an unwavering commitment to independence and strict conflict-of-interest rules. ECRI is the only organization worldwide to conduct independent medical device evaluations, with labs located in North America and Asia Pacific. ECRI is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices PSO is a federally certified Patient Safety Organization as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) formally became an ECRI Affiliate in 2020.


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